For the first time, the company had more than 100 of Caterpillar's colleagues volunteer to help build homes for low-income families in Rayong Province, Thailand.
The home building volunteerism project is part of our commitment to communities where Caterpillar's employees live and work. The Caterpillar Foundation invested in Habitat for Humanity Thailand, a non-profit organization, which funded the construction of 12 homes for low-income families in three locations in Rayong Province (Nong Lalok Sub-District, Nong Taphan Sub-District and Samnak Thon Sub-district).
With our two newly established manufacturing footprints located in Nong Lalok Sub-District, the team brought the 100 Caterpillar Community Volunteers to help with the construction of five homes for families in Nong Lalok who have never been able to afford a real home.
"I have been saving money each month to build a home for my family for more than five years. Now with funding from Caterpillar through Habitat, and the work of Caterpillar Community Volunteers who came to help me today, my family and I are hoping to live in a real home in a month to come," Sumitr Chaow-khowdin, 25-year-old home owner, said.
The community activity was organized in such a way that Caterpillar leaders were able to introduce and demonstrate our first volunteerism program among employees from diverse business units operating in Thailand, and were also able to use it as a venue to introduce Caterpillar and our commitment to local important stakeholders in the community.
The real action started shortly after presenting a symbolic home key to home owners and their families, with all the dedicated Caterpillar Community Volunteers putting in hard work digging trenches for septic tanks, moving sand for house floors, mixing cement and building walls. The event marked a small first step for Caterpillar in Thailand to start making an impact and making a difference in the community.
Caterpillar Community Volunteers comprised of Caterpillar Asia-Pacific Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division (IMOD), Caterpillar Bangkok District Office, Cat Finance Thailand, Caterpillar Rayong Thailand Tractor of Earthmoving Division, Caterpillar Underground Mining of IMOD, Global Purchasing, Supply Chain, Logistics, IT, Accounting, Human Resources and Global Government and Corporate Affairs.
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